Substance abuse has been among the most serious healthcare challenges facing communities across the nation. As a strategic priority, Penn State is committed to combating substance abuse and as a result has established the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse. Our goal is to tackle the problem at multiple interdisciplinary levels to study and combat the effects of substance abuse within Pennsylvania communities. The Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research will play a key part in the Consortium, helping further connect to the community and veteran populations while drawing on the expertise of researchers, educators and practitioners from across the University.
The goal of the Pollock Center will not solely be to end deaths; it will also facilitate the opportunity to recover to safe, healthy, and productive lives. The Center plans to develop and implement effective programs, policies and practices aimed at preventing and treating addiction and its spillover effects on children, families and communities.
The Pollock Center will specifically address two areas of the substance abuse problem within our region, while serving as a catalyst to enhance communications and align numerous agencies and organizations in efforts to combat substance abuse:
- Veterans: Providing targeted assistance to veterans of the U.S. Military and their families who are facing addiction-related challenges.
- Community organizations: Helping bolster community organizations in their efforts to more effectively combat substance abuse across the state of Pennsylvania, as well as nationally.